Bliss



Bliss Fifteen year old Meryem lives in a rural village in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey Her simple, conventional way of life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her and condemns her to death for shaming the family Asked to carry out the honor killing is his son Cemal, a commando in the Turkish army.So begins a long, mystifying voyage for Meryem as her shell shocked cousin ushers her to the shining metropolis of Istanbul where another troubled soul, the Harvard educated professor Irfan, embarks on his own journey of transformation one that catapults him into the heart of Meryem and Cemal s conflict.The crossed paths and interwoven destinies of these three characters makes for an affecting, by turns brutal and life affirming portrayal of traditional and modern day Turkey that no reader will soon forget. New Read Bliss [ by ] O.Z. Livaneli [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – therehabboutique.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Bliss
  • O.Z. Livaneli
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 0312360541

14 thoughts on “Bliss

  1. Michelle says:

    I held off on reading this book for a while because the description sounds so depressing, but this was very misleading.This is a story of hope and triumph It is very intense in places, but the overall feel is very hopeful and beautiful.

  2. Leanna says:

    Three characters cross paths in O Z Livaneli s Bliss a professor facing a mid life crisis an ex soldier experiencing PTSD a young woman condemned to death by her family after being raped Bliss, translated by i dem Aksoy Fromm, is my first but certainly not my last foray into Turkish literature If I were hoping for a book promoting Turkish tourism, I would be sorely disappointed Livaneli does not sugarcoat his native country Instead, he exposes Turkey s dark side ethnic conflicts, shant Three characters cross paths in O Z Livaneli s Bliss a professor facing a mid life crisis an ex soldier experiencing PTSD a young woman condemned to death by her family after being raped Bliss, translated by i dem Aksoy Fromm, is my first but certainly not my last foray into Turkish literature If I were hoping for a book promoting Turkish tourism, I would be sorely disappointed Livaneli does not sugarcoat his native country Instead, he exposes Turkey s dark side ethnic conflicts, shantytowns, and institutionalized misogyny.After spending two years fighting the Kurds as a commando, Ce...

  3. Beth Asmaa says:

    The novel tragically begins, a remote village blaming a fifteen year old girl for her rape Issues of patriarchy and women s empowerment come to the fore Meryem is not the only tragic victim in the story Both her cousin Cemal and their sailing acquaintance Irfan are running away from psychological pain Cemal has been a commando leader Irfan cannot toleratecontentiousness and falseness among his colleagues, i.e., Irfan yearned to surmount the restrictive, tiresome security of his The novel tragically begins, a remote village blaming a fifteen year old girl for her rape Issues of patriarchy and women s empowerment come to the fore Meryem is not the only tragic victim in the story Both her cousin Cemal and their sailing acquaintance Irfan are running away from psychological pain Cemal has been a commando leader Irfan cannot toleratecontentiousness and falseness among his colleagues, i.e., Irfan yearned to surmount the restrictive, tiresome security of his life, which, disguised as happiness, threatened to overwhelm him To do this, he needed to change A personal metanoia should be experienced at least once in a lifetime The online dictionary defines metanoia as change in one s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion For Irfan the sociologist, conversion through adventurous sailboating makessense Meryem s female tragedy, leading to her adventuresomeness, is literally running away from ritual sacrifice Cemal her m...

  4. Onur B says:

    Meryem s life starts tragical and goes as it Professor is going to depart a journey due to his fears which is suddenly started, actually he wants to escape from everything He decided radically despite of his good life conditions Cemal, Meryem s cousin spent difficult times in the army while against to terrorists When he came back to village he depart through to Istanbul with Meryem in order to kill her But incidents has changed there There were interesting stories and characters explained Meryem s life starts tragical and goes as it Professor is going to depart a journey due to his fears which is suddenly started, actually he wants to escape from everything He decided radically despite of his good life conditions Cemal, Meryem s cousin spent difficult times in the army while against to terrorists When he came back to village he depart through to Istanbul with Meryem in order to kill her But incidents has changed there There were interesting stories and charact...

  5. Marieke says:

    Really 4.5 stars for me I had never heard of this author before and I m really glad I read this thank you, Asmah It was interesting to read not long after having read Orhan Pamuk s Snow Some similar themes, and a similar time period, but very different stories Livaneli took three central characters who at the beginning of the story were in different places and each dealing with a personal crisis Their paths meet and each struggles with their crisis, undergoes some type of transformation, Really 4.5 stars for me I had never heard of this author before and I m really glad I read this thank you, Asmah It was interesting to read not long after having read Orhan Pamuk s Snow Some similar themes, and a similar time period, but very different stories Livaneli took three central characters who at the beginning of the story were in different places and eac...

  6. Lilisa says:

    The lives of three individuals collide each struggling to figure out life s path set against the backdrop of conflicting traditional religious beliefs and culture versus those of a progressive modern day Turkey There s Meryem a young uneducated girl, raised in the traditional environment, who is raped by her uncle, but no one knows the identify of the raper As the head of the family, her uncle orders that she must die, having brought shame on her family and orders his son, Cemal, to do t The lives of three individuals collide each struggling to figure out life s path set against the backdrop of conflicting traditional religious beliefs and culture versus those of a progressive modern day Turkey There s Meryem a young uneducated girl, raised in the traditional environment, who is raped by her uncle, but no one knows the identify of the raper As the head of the family, her uncle orders that she must die, having brought shame on her family and orders his son, Cemal, to do the deed Torn between carrying out his duty and his reluctance to kill the cousin he grew up with, the story takes them out of their village into the metropolis of Istanbul where Cemal struggles to decide his course of action Meanwhile Irfan, a well known professor and television personality, despite his apparent comfortable life, is undergoing a what s life all...

  7. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Bliss tells the story of three Turkish people at the beginning of the 21st century Meryem, a small village teenager with a 1st grade education Chemal, from the same village and fighting the Kurds in the mountains Irfan, a Harvard trained professor who married an incredibly wealthy woman and moved to Istanbul.As the novel starts, Meryem has been shamed by being raped by her uncle, the religious leader of the family, and Chemal is supposed to take her to Istanbul, which in her village means Bliss tells the story of three Turkish people at the beginning of the 21st century Meryem, a small village teenager with a 1st grade education Chemal, from the same village and fighting the Kurds in the mountains Irfan, a Harvard trained professor who married an incredibly wealthy woman and moved to Istanbul.As the novel starts, Meryem has been shamed by being raped by her uncle, the religious leader of the family, and Chemal is supposed to take her to Istanbul, which in her village means take her to the woods and shoot her But then they actually go to Istanbul, and end up meeting Irfan, and their lives intersect I wasinterested in the minor characters ...

  8. Shirin says:

    Since living in Istanbul I have really been trying to read up on Turkish authors beyond the obvious of Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak This novel by Livaneli really surprised me a beautiful translation of an amazing story All three main characters are so interesting and distinct and I m not sure of many other authors who would be able to blend the stories of a fifteen year old girl, 50 man, and 20 year old soldier together so seamlessly The story had a lot of literary merit but on another leve Since living in Istanbul I have really been trying to read up on Turkish authors beyond the obvious of Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak This novel by Livaneli really surprised me a beautiful translation of an amazing story All three main characters are so interesting and distinct and I m not sure of many other authors who would be able to blend the stories of a fifteen year old girl, 50 man, and 20 year old soldier together so seamlessly The story had a lot of literary merit but on another level I also appreciated how the characters and their situations alluded to and discussed issues in contemporary Turkey Rather than just give simple perspectives on issues eg, women covering their heads , Livaneli doesn t shy away from the complexities, and instead offers us characters in which to consider these is...

  9. Celia says:

    THERE S SPOILERS IN HERE, JUST LETTING YOU KNOW FROM THE GET GO.So I m writing this review I think I month or two after I finished reading it, but my feelings are still fresh.To be honest, I found out about this book because I watched the film adaptation on Netflix first I fell in love with zg Namal s performance as Meryem and I kind of fell in love with her, too but hey This is an honest review, so it s gonna be just that completely honest When I found out it was a book prior, I THERE S SPOILERS IN HERE, JUST LETTING YOU KNOW FROM THE GET GO.So I m writing this review I think I month or two after I finished reading it, but my feelings are still fresh.To be honest, I found out about this book because I watched the film adaptation on Netflix first I fell in love with zg Namal s performance as Meryem and I kind of fell in love with her, too but hey This is an honest review, so it s gonna be just that completely honest When I found out it was a book prior, I bought the novel for a penny off of a merchant fromSeeing as how almost all books that become mov...

  10. Kate says:

    Not that long ago, I purchased a box full of 1.99 books from the internet, several of which I ve already written entries about All told, that shipment was lackluster, filled with books that were worth littlethan a shrug and a Frisbee toss back into the box I wasn t expecting a trove of Penguin Classics or anything, so I m not offended by a little light reading I did get lucky, however, to receive the novelBliss , by Turkish novelist O.Z Livaneli A scant 276 pages,Blisscaptures Not that long ago, I purchased a box full of 1.99 books from the internet, several of which I ve already written entries about All told, that shipment was lackluster, filled with books that were worth littlethan a shrug and a Frisbee toss back into the box I wasn t expecting a trove of Penguin Classics or anything, so I m not offended by a little light reading I did get lucky, however, to receive the novelBliss , by Turkish novelist O.Z Livaneli A scant 276 pages,Blisscaptures the struggles of a country and populace trying to decide their roles in the world.Turkey is an odd country, geography wise While most of it is considered Asia, bits can theoretically be classified as Europe Stuck between the secular West and religious East, Turkey is still striving to create a solid identity The nonreligious government dreams of membership within the European Union, which is hindered by the increasing Islamist factions within the country It s a strange world...

  11. Ryan says:

    If modern Turkey can be distilled into a novel that plays out a nation s major issues through its three main characters, Bliss might be that book There s Meryem, a naive teenage girl from the countryside, who has been raped by her uncle, a conservative religious cleric Then there is her taciturn, sullen cousin, Cemal, who has just returned from fighting Kurdish guerillas in the mountains of eastern Turkey, and is dispatched to kill Meryem on the road, in order to clear the family honor Meanwh If modern Turkey can be distilled into a novel that plays out a nation s major issues through its three main characters, Bliss might be that book There s Meryem, a naive teenage girl from the countryside, who has been raped by her uncle, a conservative religious cleric Then there is her taciturn, sullen cousin, Cemal, who has just returned from fighting Kurdish guerillas in the mountains of eastern Turkey, and is dispatched to kill Meryem on the road, in order to clear the family honor Meanwhile, Irfan, a famous, if unaccomplished professor from Istanbul, is going through a midlife crisis and flees his posh existence in a sailboat, looking for something to give him new meaning E...

  12. Sherry says:

    Reading this book made me realize that only a bragging tourist, as contrasted to a seeking traveler would have naively dreamed of going to Turkey to catch the latest in travel fever Recently I ve listened to a few people telling me, you really must go to Turkey, Sherry and I somehow thought they meant as a tourist a modern rather than a bragging one, of course and then Livaneli took me to Turkey or brought it so me through Irfan, Cemal and Meryem s parallel and so dramatically different Reading this book made me realize that only a bragging tourist, as contrasted to a seeking traveler would have naively dreamed of going to Turkey to catch the latest in travel fever Recently I ve listened to a few people telling me, you really must go to Turkey, Sherry and I somehow thought they meant as a tourist a modern rather than a bragging one, of course and then Livaneli took me to Turkey or bro...

  13. Emma Deplores therehabboutique.co.uk Censorship says:

    Chance that a random male author will deal with the rape of a teenage girl in a sensitive and appropriate fashion middling Chance he will do so when the book begins by talking about the teen girl s naked body from her own perspective, and within two pages has used the phrases small ...

  14. Kathy Boozan says:

    Informative as to the Turkish culture and interesting as to the commentary on the human psyche A mesmerizing story to boot.

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